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As 2013 comes to a close, ACPA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of eCommunity, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 2.



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10 Highest-Priced Public Colleges For Out-Of-State Students
U.S. News & World Report
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.
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Even Highly Motivated students Aren't Ready For College
NPR
Low-performing high school students are often unprepared for college. But some analysts say even gifted students are falling behind. Host Michel Martin discusses why many students, across the board, aren't hitting the mark.
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U.S. Colleges Spend More On Rich Students, Less On Poor
MoneyWatch
A common misperception among many Americans is that both the rich and the poor can afford to pay for college. Under this view, affluent families have the money to pay the full price, while low-income households can rely on government grants and assistance from colleges. It's the middle-class families that get clobbered financially. Except that this scenario isn't true. The middle class is indeed struggling to pay for college — but so are poorer families. Federal data shows that states, as well as colleges and universities, have been trimming the aid they provide to lower-income students for years. By contrast, schools are funneling more money to affluent students.
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When It Comes To Curbing Drinking, College Students Do Listen
TIME
One of the more effective ways to reduce excessive drinking in college is also the most obvious — talk to freshman before they set foot on campus. It turns out that discussing drinking in any way, including why some teens drink while others abstain, as well as the potential dangers of over-indulging, during the summer before students start school can both reduce the odds that light drinkers will escalate their alcohol intake, and increase the likelihood that already heavy-drinking teens will cut down or stop, according to new research.
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Why Students Are Rejecting America's Top Colleges
The Fiscal Times via The Week
While tuition, room, and board have always been considerations in deciding which college to attend, the exponential rise in costs is preventing a slew of talented people from attending America's top universities.

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How College Health Centers Help Students Succeed
Forbes
Of all the dramatic changes in higher education in recent years, one that goes largely unnoticed is the tremendous growth in the mission, services, and facilities of health centers. Decades ago most colleges and universities believed their only responsibility for student health was to set up a clinic to treat the sick and injured.

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10 Colleges With The Highest Rate Of Student Internships
U.S. News & World Report
It's a tough job market for recent college graduates. Of the workers who graduated from college in the past two years, 41 percent say they are underemployed and working in jobs that do not require their college degrees, according to a 2013 survey from Accenture, a consulting company.

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How College Health Centers Help Students Succeed
Forbes
Of all the dramatic changes in higher education in recent years, one that goes largely unnoticed is the tremendous growth in the mission, services, and facilities of health centers. Decades ago most colleges and universities believed their only responsibility for student health was to set up a clinic to treat the sick and injured. Today, driven by a broader and, in our judgment, better understanding of health and its impact on learning, many institutions of higher education provide much more.
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Study: Path Through College Is Indirect And Stressful For Many Students
MindShift
Despite a deeply held belief that success in college is crucial for success in life, the traditional path students assume they'll take is more an exception than the rule, according to a new report. Though most students believe the college path — high school, college with chosen major, internship, job — will smoothly go from one phase to the next, the reality is quite different for many students. And as a result, stress and anxiety is causing them to make haphazard decisions about their education.
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Tennessee Bill Allows Christian Counselors To Reject Suicidal LGBT Students
The Raw Story
The Tennessee state Senate considered a bill that would allow counselors to discriminate against LGBT students, sexually-active students or anyone else based on religious objections. Republican state Sen. Joey Hensley encouraged fellow senators to pass SB 514 to "prevent an institution of high education from discriminating against a student in the counseling, social worker, psychology programs because of their religious beliefs."
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    Study: Cell Phones Could Be Hurting College Students' Grades And Happiness (The Huffington Post)
10 Universities With The Largest Undergraduate Populations (U.S. News & World Report)
MOOCs As Neocolonialism — Who Controls Knowledge? (University World News)
It's Weirdly Difficult To Find Good College Advising Online (The Atlantic)

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Why Students Are Rejecting America's Top Colleges
The Fiscal Times via The Week
While tuition, room, and board have always been considerations in deciding which college to attend, the exponential rise in costs is preventing a slew of talented people from attending America's top universities. A recent study by Sallie Mae found that 67 percent of families eliminated colleges based on cost, up from 56 percent of students in 2009. Of those surveyed, 40 percent said they dismissed schools based on cost before they had even researched the school. Families spent an average of $21,178 on college, about the same amount they spent the previous year.
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Study Indicates College Students Prefer Casual Dress
University of Arkansas via Phys.org
Articles and books are continuously written suggesting how to dress appropriately. However, Quang Ngo, a recent University of Arkansas honors graduate from the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, has completed research on how first impressions of college students vary from the norm regarding apparel. Previous research indicates professional dress creates a positive first impression. Universities understand the importance of how students dress for professional events and have established programs focused on helping students dress to create a positive image. Ngo's study examined how much a first impression can affect a student's point of view about a person in a brief encounter. More specifically, it focused on three questions: Do college students respond more positively to business professional dress, business casual dress or to casual dress?
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Should Students Use A Laptop In Class?
The Wall Street Journal
There's a widely shared image on the Internet of a teacher's note that says: "Dear students, I know when you're texting in class. Seriously, no one just looks down at their crotch and smiles." College students returning to class this month would be wise to heed such warnings. You're not as clever as you think — your professors are on to you. The best way to stay in their good graces is to learn what behavior they expect with technology in and around the classroom.
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